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4 stars What a blessing this DVD is. Unfortunately it is much shorter than the actual concert, but we need to learn to appreciate what is offered, and that is applicable here. Second to only the QPR DVD's, you won't find a better live document of this incredible band, especially this early in their career.

Their creativity was peaking (in a peak that would last 3 years) with "Close to the Edge". Anderson's were the most surreal and thought provoking yet, Steve Howe was maturing quickly after the magnificent "Fragile", as was Wakeman. Bruford was contributing the most innovative fills yet (and since) and Squire was in his prime.

The playing on this video is simply incredible, particularly Steve's guitar playing. In most instances, he plays faster than the studio album, with much precision and technique. Mind blowing! Unfortunately you won't see Bruford here, (White had already filled in) but the whole band are in top form, delivering a synergy of excellent live music.

OK, Ok, I'll admit the quality isn't stellar, but anybody sitting down to watch a 35 year old video should not expect the next James Bond movie. Read the second sentence of my intro for reference. The video is dark, and audio is quite thin. Would definitely benefit from a proper release, but for now I'm happy with what I've got.

Essential for Yesfans.

OGTL | 4/5 |


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